In 2011, Social Slam set the standard for a value-oriented, first-class social media conference. We featured speakers from around the country including Jay Baer, CK Kerley and Brian Winter.

More than 95% of the 430 attendees gave the conference a “satisfied” or “very satisfied” rating and many people claimed it was the best conference they had ever attended.

How are we going to top that?

We have a number of surprises to reveal over the coming months, but today, we would like to announce our first keynote speaker for the April 27, 2012 conference in Knoxville, TN: Mitch Joel!

Mitch is one of the most important and influential leaders in the field of social media marketing.  When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the top brands in the world, they brought Mitch Joel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” and called him, “one of North America’s leading digital visionaries.”  Most recently, Mitch was named one of iMedia’s 25 Internet Marketing Leaders and Innovators in the world.

He is president of digital agency Twist Image, with offices in Montreal and Toronto.  His book, Six Pixels of Separation, was one of the seminal books in the field and still one of the most-acclaimed and best-selling of all-time.

His blog is in the AdAge Power 50 marketing blogs of the world and his podcast regularly features the most famous authors, consultants and pioneers in the field of marketing.

But wait … there’s more.

To uphold Social Slam’s vision of creating a national event that showcases the brightest NEW voices in the field, we are creating several innovative panels and “slams” that will put a spotlight on up and coming thinkers in social media marketing.  If you’re interested in applying, please visit the Social Slam website and fill out an application before the end of October!

We have two more national-level keynote speakers already booked and there will be more announcements on that in coming weeks!

Tickets will go on sale December 01.  Last year, the ticket capacity of 430 was sold out weeks before the event. This year, the maximum attendance has been capped at 600 but we are still expecting a sell-out so plan to get your tickets early for this premier social media networking event!

By the way, this is an all-volunteer event run by the Social Media Club of Knoxville, which is why we can keep the prices under $100 per ticket.  It is a great gathering place for the {grow} community and I look forward to seeing you there in April!

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